Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Wyeth, N C

(1882-1945) Prolific and influential US painter and illustrator, mostly of historical subjects, with a rich-coloured, monumental style; he was strongly influenced by his teacher, Howard Pyle. The human figures in his paintings are, as was NCW himself, enormously strong and vigorous. His compositions are simple and dramatic. He worked in oils for the first half of his life, but later developed a working process that involved the use of egg tempera. His methods involved several stages in the progress of a painting, and it was his unusual energy and sureness of touch which allowed him to produce such a vast quantity of work. At the time of his death in a railway-crossing accident, he had become one of the USA's best-loved illustrators.

NCW studied under Pyle at Chadds Ford, and became Pyle's most faithful disciple, painting very much in the same manner and choosing similar subject matter; he continued the teaching tradition there after Pyle's death in 1911. NCW produced over 3000 Illustrations, numerous huge murals and a great many still-lifes, landscape paintings and pictures of the Old West. He transmitted his enthusiasm for the arts to his children: one son was Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) and a grandson, James Wyeth (1946-    ), is another highly respected painter. [RT]

Newell Convers Wyeth


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